UNCF Detroit Hosts 27th Annual Walk for Education

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Walk Goal is $650,000 to Send Kids to College; Raffle for Two 2015 Vehicles

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The Michigan office of UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, will host their 27th Annual Walk for Education on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Belle Isle Casino in Detroit. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., event program begins at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K walk begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Building Better Futures: The Value of a UNCF Investment.” Members of the community and friends of UNCF are invited to form a team, join a team or register as an individual to help children get the education they need and our nation needs them to have.

UNCF has a long and strong commitment to Detroit. More than 900 students in the city, and in Michigan, are getting their education at UNCF member institutions and with UNCF scholarships at colleges and universities across the country.

“We invite all members of the Detroit community to join us as we raise money to send deserving young people to college,” said Barbara Jean Patton, UNCF Area Development Director. “Everyone who believes that ‘A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste®’ should attend as we inspire and empower our young people to secure passports to opportunity by way of their college degree.”

For more than 70 years, UNCF has provided financial assistance to students and its 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Without UNCF’s support, many of the students attending these colleges would not have access to higher education or the benefits they provide. UNCF supports more than 60,000 students a year at more than 900 colleges and universities across America. 65% of UNCF scholars are the first in their families to attend college while 60% come from households with an annual income under $25,000.

Registered attendees for the Walk will enjoy a HBCU college fair, a group step show and vendor booths. Additionally, the Walk for Education features two car raffles: one for a 2015 Ford Focus ST (or $10,000), presented by UAW Ford & Ford Motor Company, and for a 2015 Cadillac ATS (or $20,000), presented by UAW GM and General Motors Company. Raffle tickets are $20 each and the raffle is sponsored by The Sojourner Foundation. Proceeds will benefit UNCF Walk for Education - Michigan. Both raffles will be held between 10:30 and 11 a.m., at the conclusion of the Walk.

Sponsors for the 2015 Walk for Education: PhD Sponsors ($15,000+): UAW GM and General Motors Company Masters Sponsors ($10,000): UAW Chrysler & FCA, UAW Ford & Ford Motor Company, and Bridgewater Interiors & Johnson Controls, Inc. Bachelor’s Sponsors ($5,000): Comerica Bank, Delphi Foundation, Henkel, Meritor, Miller Canfield, and Quicken Loans.

Executive chairs for the 2015 Walk for Education: Tammy Golden, Director Procurement & Contracts, General Motors Company; Frederiek Toney, President Ford Customer Service Division, Ford Motor Company; Anthony Johnson, President, African American Alliance Metropolitan Detroit, Henkel Corporation; and Marvin Rushing, Vice President District Manager, Comerica Bank

On-Site Registration (Saturday, August 22, 2015 8:00 am - 9:00 am):
$35 for adults 19 & up, $25 for students 12-18; kids age 11 and under are free.

For more information on the UNCF 27th Annual Walk for Education and to register for this family friendly event, please contact Angela Bingham at 313-873-1500, x1504 or angela.bingham(at)uncf(dot)org.

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities. Learn more at http://www.uncf.org.

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